Knowles, Gary G.
Great Wisconsin Touring Book, The
A Trails Books Guide
Trails Books
Black Earth, WI
Original Date

From Tour 2 (pp. 10-11): "Follow [N] through Sayner. If you get here before September 30, visit the Vilas County Historical Museum...and see the world's first snowmobile, built by Carl Eliason. There's an historical marker here for commemorate his work. The Vilas County Museum is one of my favorite underappreciated historical sites--a virtual Bethlehem of winter tourism. The snowmobile is one of those miracles born of cabin fever and Frankensteinian experiments in mechanical husbandry. Who could have guessed that this ugly-duckling offspring of a toboggan and a chainsaw would become the grandfather of a billion-dollar winter tourism industry! There are many other historical artifacts here worth a look.'

"Stay on N as it turns left and follow it to the junction with County K. Turn left on K. This is the heart of the old lumber country. It has been estimated that one to two billion feet of white pine lumber was cut and shipped from this area between 1895 and 1907."

Tour 3 also goes through Star Lake but the text adds nothing to what is above.

  • Bookwood Historical Collection, Star Lake
  • Olson Memorial Library, Eagle River
  • Plum Lake Library, Sayner
  • UW Madison/Wis Hist Soc